Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center

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331 Georgia Tavern Road, Howell 07731
Daily: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Extended hours Memorial Day-Labor Day: Saturday-Thursday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Fridays from 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.

Free Weekend Activities

Safari Backpacks   
Explore Manasquan Reservoir with your family and friends! Each backpack contains all you need to make your self-guided nature walk filled with adventure and exploration! Use of the backpack is free but you must leave your valid NJ drivers license with the docent. The contents of the backpacks will change seasonally.

Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center
The Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center is dedicated to providing experiences of learning and discovery related to wetlands ecology and wildlife and habitat protection. Through interactive exhibits, multi-media presentations, educational activities for schools and community groups, and wildlife observation areas, visitors gain an understanding of the importance of water in our world.
Hands-on Learning
Designed to connect visitors with their natural world, the Environmental Center highlights the importance of water. One exhibit features fish found in the Reservoir outside. Another traces the journey of a raindrop as it travels through the watershed to the Manasquan River and, eventually, reaches the ocean. Some exhibits reveal what is not readily visible, such as nocturnal animals that call the Reservoir home. Another exhibit compares the effects of a town with unmanaged growth to one that has chosen to establish practices that protect the environment.
Free Nature Programs   
Free nature programs are offered on most weekends. Listed below are upcoming programs. Call 732-751-9453 for more information about these free programs.  

Saturday & Sunday, November 5 & 6 (self-directed) 
Learn about some of the mammals of Monmouth County.   

Whose SCAT Is That?          
Saturday & Sunday, November 12 & 13  (self-directed)  
This fun game shows you how to identify animals through their scat.  

Turkey Tales    
Saturday & Sunday, November 19 & 20 at 11 a.m.         
Discover what turkeys eat for Thanksgiving during a story. Afterward, make a craft to take home.   

Surviving Winter   
Saturday & Sunday, November 26 & 27 (self-directed)   
Come see how animals survive the cold winter.  

Amazing Prehistoric Animals   
Saturday & Sunday, December 3 & 4 (self-directed)   
Learn about some amazing animals that lived in New Jersey.   

Where Do They Go?   
Saturday & Sunday, December 10 & 11 (self-directed)   
Play this fun matching game and discover where animals hibernate.  

Bottle Cap Snowman Ornaments   
Saturday & Sunday, December 17 & 18 (self-directed)  
Make this fun holiday decoration from recycled materials.   

Nature Movies  
Saturday, December 24 - times as posted 
Watch an interesting nature film in the auditorium. 

Why the Evergreen Trees Keep Their Leaves in Winter    
Saturday, December 24 at 1 p.m.     
Celebrate the winter season with a story about trees, a bird and the North Wind.  Take home a pine cone with symbols of the tree and bird.  Make your own pine cone feeder.     

Lava Flows in New Jersey?  
Saturday & Sunday, December 31 & January 1  (self-directed) 
Find out about lava flows in the state.   





  • Garden State Parkway to Exit 98, Interstate 195 west. Proceed on I-195 west to Exit 28B, Rt. 9 north-Freehold. Stay in right lane when entering Rt. 9 north. At first traffic light, turn right onto Georgia Tavern Road. Follow Georgia Tavern Road for 0.3 mile. Continue straight for Environmental Center on right or turn right onto Windeler Rd. and continue 1.5 miles to the Visitor Center Reservoir Area on left.
  • State Hwy. 9 south from Freehold to Georgia Tavern Rd. Use Jughandle to turn left onto Georgia Tavern Rd. Proceed as above.